We will be announcing some course dates for Technical Managers in Issue 8 soon, keep an eye on the Training tab at the top of the page, we already have a date for Dublin.
It is a major event when anyone who has been with a Company for over 20 years retires. In the case of David Prior it is the first time we have had this experience. Not only that but David has been such an important person for us. In his early days he ploughed through hundreds of audits and helped us achieve accreditation for doing BRC work. Later he became our Technical Manager and maintained that accreditation, dealing with both UKAS and BRC Global Standards with all the tenacity and diplomacy that was his trademark.
David will be sorely missed as an important member of our team but more so as a person. Of course we all wish him all the very best in his retirement. You see him here receiving some gifts on his last day at the Market Drayton office (actually taken in the Red Lion).
Looking to the future we have appointed Leo Huang as Compliance Manager, more about Leo soon.
The Chinese company YANTAI EVERSUN who supply dried apple products have sent at least one company in the UK a fake BRC certificate which appears to show that they are currently certificated for the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
This is a FAKE. We last audited this company in 2016 but they were not audited by us in 2017 and our certificate expired. Thus they do not appear on the BRC Directory.
A reminder to all companies: when they are offered a BRC Certificate by a supplier they must always be checked on the BRC Directory.
We had a lovely evening with some of our colleagues at SPAR UK recently at the Castle Pub in Harrow. From left to right are:
Anne Betty (Micron2)
Cath McIlwham (SPAR)
Karl Giesler (SPAR)
Ajitt Randhawa (SPAR)
and, just peeping in Lisa Richardson (Micron2).
Thanks to SPAR for a great time.
I have just returned from my regular visit to our auditing team in China. Based in Qingdao, we work with the Ansense group which comprises (in this photo):
Micah, Vincent, Jell, Tim & Steven.
The Audit Team
The first 4 names are our BRC audit team while Steven is now looking after business development there. I had a great time and while I was there I witnessed Vincent auditing a frozen produce factory and had our usual team and calibration meeting, which was very encouraging.
Qingdao is the largest city in the Shandong province with a population of c 10 million. It is famous for hosting the water sports for the 2008 Olympic Games, for Tsingtao beer and for the World’s longest bridge (among other things). In the Shandong province there are many food factories and the highest proportion of BRC-certificated sites that are based in China. Thus the Ansense team are ideally situated to continue to increase our work there.
We are currently able to offer the BRC Food Safety Standard and the Agents & Brokers Standard in China.